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MPs warn democracy will ‘unravel over time,’ want to change Commons rules

MPs want to limit the government’s power to use time allocation, and closed-door Commons committee meetings, and want to breathe new life into the rules of the game.


  
'Gun lobby is not going to stop,' says NDP MP Charlie Angus

Gun owners want all aspects of the 1995 law repealed, say opposition MPs.


  
Conservative government will 'probably set record' for uses of time allocation on debate in House: Franks

Government House Leader Peter Van Loan says opposition parties want to delay legislation they oppose with amendment procedures and other motions. He argues that without time limits, Parliament would be locked in U.S.-style legislative 'gridlock.'


  
House can change Standing Orders to make it more democratic, now

The NDP is pushing to limit the government’s control over time allocation and in-camera House of Commons committees.


  
Toews' office contradicts RCMP on when it received potentially embarrassing report on long-gun registry

RCMP says Public Safety Minister Vic Toews received Commissioner's report on long-gun registry Dec. 16. Mr. Toews' office says it wasn't until Dec. 20. The government tabled it in the House in mid-January.


  
Feds to focus on budget, economy, massive cuts, foreign policy, as House resumes sitting

But opposition parties say they expect the majority governing Conservatives to bring down the hammer on bills and debates, again.


  
Feds likely to fight Quebec's appeal to courts to save long-gun registry records

'I cannot comment on any specific matter that may be before the courts, however we will not support the creation of a backdoor long-gun registry,' says Michael Patton, communications director for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.


  
Week Ahead in Parliament

  
Status of government business

  
Tories call House session ‘very productive,’ opposition parties say feds ‘abusing their majority’

Government House Leader Peter Van Loan says the government has a clear set of priorities and is focused delivering results.


  
Tory government using 'authoritarian tactics' to push through Wheat Board, long-gun registry bills, says Mendes

'With the Wheat Board it’s farmers. With their Reform Party roots you would think they were in favour of going back to the grassroots to seek their opinions, but suddenly with a majority government all that has disappeared,' says University of Ottawa professor Errol Mendes.


  
RCMP confirms records of make, model and serial numbers of guns sold no longer required when long-gun registry is dismantled

This contradicts what prominent anti-registry spokesmen and the government were saying as late as this week.


  
Attawapiskat doc filmmaker says Duncan must have known earlier, she asked him for an interview last year

Angela O’Leary also criticized Duncan’s scrutiny of $92-million over five years when for two-day G8 summit, the government spent $50-million.


  
Week Ahead in Parliament

  
Status of government business

  
Conservative MPs 'hypocritical' if they attend commemorations of the 1989 Montreal massacre after helping to eliminate the long-gun registry, says Rathjen

Conservative MP John Williamson said all politicians have the right to attend commemorative events for the shootings.


  
Tories will have 'blood on their hands,' if long-gun registry is eliminated, says survivor of 1989 Montreal massacre

Heidi Rathjen told The Hill Times that the loss of a registry of seven million rifles and shotguns is being made worse by a clause in Bill C-19 that removes current mandatory requirements for gun buyers and sellers to report firearms acquisitions and sales or even transfers from one individual to another.


  
New House seats bill fails to address urban-rural riding divide, say experts

Riding boundary commissions can adjust ridings within 25 per cent above or below the average population in the province, but experts say it should be changed to five to 10 per cent.


  
The Week Ahead in Parliament

  
Status of government business

  

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
A preview of Parliamentary precinct renos March 30, 2015

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An artist's rendering of what the outside of the Sir John A. Macdonald building will look like when construction is complete. A new addition has been built, connected to the main heritage space by a glass atrium. Public Works says work wraps up this month, aside from a few finishing touches.
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A cut-away view at the glass-walled atrium that will connect the historic Sir John A. Macdonald building space, formerly the Old Bank of Montreal building, to its annex addition.
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An artist's rendering of the interior of the Sir John A. Macdonald building's historic space, which used to house bank tellers and will soon host special Parliamentary events.
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A look at the multi-purpose room space that will be located in the new addition to the Sir John A. Macdonald building.
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A digital overhead shot of the West Block as it will look after construction. The building’s courtyard is topped by a glass-domed roof.
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The temporary House Chamber will be in an infill inside West Block’s courtyard, but MPs will be able to access the space without stepping outside, as the entire courtyard will be topped with a glass-domed roof.
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An artist’s rendering of the inside of the temporary House Chamber to be located in West Block’s courtyard.
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A rendering of a lobby area to be located near the West Block’s temporary House Chamber.
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The House of Commons is set to add 30 new MPs after this year's election, meaning 30 new seats are needed in the Chamber. Pictured is a prototype of the new seating arrangement, which will be installed in the current Chamber after this year's election. West Block's temporary House Chamber will accommodate all 338 MPs.
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A prototype of the new seating arrangement was set up in the House Chamber last year for some MPs to test out. Having theatre-style seats in the back two rows of the Chamber will allow 30 more MPs to sit in the current House Chamber.
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A blueprint of plans for the West Block, including the temporary House Chamber, which will be converted to committee space when renovations to Centre Block are complete. Workers have to dig down about two storeys to build up a foundation to support this new addition.
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West Block will have fully renovated committee rooms once complete, similar in appearance to this rendering.
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A view of part of the Wellington Building’s lobby, set to include a green wall.
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An artist’s drawing of a common space to be located in the Wellington Building.
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An example of what the Wellington Building’s committee rooms will look like, of which there will be 10 total.

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